Green is great, but strength is what stands the test of time. Turns out, when up against other timbers, bamboo shoots above and beyond.

Because of it's unique composition, bamboo is naturally designed for strength. Bamboo’s sectional anatomy, both as a cane and on a microscopic fiber level, enhances its structural integrity. Unlike wood, bamboo has no rays or knots, allowing it to withstand more stress throughout the length of each stalk. If properly installed and cared for, a bamboo floor can last for up to 30 years. As is true with hardwood flooring, refinishing periodically will help to reinvigorate the look of the material.

Bamboo is clocked as the fastest growing plant on Earth. Some species have been measured to grow over 4 feet in 24 hours. Bamboo can be continuously re-harvested every 3 years, without causing damage to the plant system and surrounding environment. Continuous harvesting of this woody grass every 3-7 years, actually improves the overall health of the plant. Bamboo is a natural material and in a landfill it will break down over time due to natural processes. Bamboo is able to generate 35% more oxygen than an equivalent planting of trees. Because of this, it is the most often used foliage in projects which seek to re-green degraded areas. It is also able to absorb greenhouse gasses.

The bottom line with bamboo is that you get what you pay for. Bamboo manufactured and offered at a low price point probably isn’t using environmentally friendly processes or ingredients, and you should be concerned about the emission of VOC’s with these products once installed. However, quality bamboo can be found from reputable manufacturers who voluntarily agree to abide by the highest standards of FSC and LEED. Go Green samples only recognized name brand manufacturers of quality bamboo products such as Teragren and Cali.

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Choosing the right bamboo

There are different processes that are used to turn bamboo grass materials into planks ready for flooring installation. Each manufacturing method produces a product with specific characteristics, which may make it more or less desirable in a particular environment. Familiarizing yourself with the different types of bamboo flooring construction ensures that you will choose the right style for your residential or commercial project, and that you won't experience product performance or installation problems.

Use the information below to assist you in determining what bamboo flooring style is right for your project. Of course, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have on bamboo products or installation. You can see large scale samples of the various styles in our showroom.

Solid strand bamboo - Tongue and groove

  • Solid Bamboo all the way through
  • Can be nailed down or glued down
  • Can be refinished
Solid bamboo flooring diagram from Go Green Flooring in Grand, CO

Solid Strand Bamboo - Click Lock

Solid bamboo flooring diagram from Go Green Flooring in Gilpin, CO

Engineered Strand Bamboo - Tongue and Groove

Engineered bamboo flooring diagram from Go Green Flooring in Denver, CO

Engineered Strand Bamboo - Click Lock

Engineered bamboo flooring diagram from Go Green Flooring in Broomfield, CO

Traditional Bamboo - Tongue and Groove

Traditional bamboo flooring diagram from Go Green Flooring in Boulder, CO